Jan. 7, 2014
Lamar's Game Notes
Nicholls' Game Notes
BEAUMONT, Texas -The Lamar Lady Cardinals open the home portion of their Southland Conference schedule when they host Nicholls at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Montagne Center.
Lamar (6-7 overall, 1-1 Southland) comes in off an 84-79 road victory at Northwestern State on Saturday as JaMeisha Edwards scored a career-high 28 points, while Francesca Bellatin came off the bench to tie her career best with 10 points.
The Last Meeting
March 7, 2013
Women's basketball edged by Nicholls
Dominique Edwards and Gia Ayers each had career nights, but it wasn't enough for the Lamar Lady Cardinals as they dropped an 84-77 decision to host Nicholls in a Southland Conference women's basketball game on Thursday.
The Lady Cardinals, whose RPI of 172 is the best in the Southland Conference, have four players averaging in double figures in scoring. Dominique Edwards lead Lamar at 17.1 points per game to go along with her team-best 8.9 rebounds per game. Gia Ayers averages 12.5 points per contest and leads the conference with an average of 4.54 assists per game. Shauna Long (10.8 ppg) and JaMeisha Edwards (10.5 ppg) are the others averaging in double figures.
"We have a number of players who can step up, and that's what we need in order to win," Lamar coach Robin Harmony said. "One game it's Dominique, another, it's Gia. The other day, JaMeisha and Francesca came through for us."
Nicholls (7-6, 2-0) opened Southland Conference play with a pair of impressive home wins, defeating New Orleans 89-40 and Southeastern Louisiana 84-55.
The Colonels are led by sophomore guard Emani White, who is second in the conference in scoring at 18.7 points per game. Jenny Nash averages 10.6 points per game, while Marina Lilly chips in an average of 10.2 points per contest.
Both teams use the 3-pointer as a weapon, as both squads have drained 101 treys, for an average of 7.8 per game, tied for 32nd in the nation.
Lamar leads the overall series 19-14. The teams split two games last season, with the home team winning each time.
The first 200 fans in attendance Thursday will receive a free Lamar T-shirt courtesy of Neches Federal Credit Union.
Following Thursday's game, Lamar hosts McNeese State at 4 p.m. Saturday before hitting the road for four straight Southland Conference games.
"We need to take care of business at home," Harmony said. "That will give us some momentum heading into our road games."
All of the Lady Cardinals' Southland Conference games this season are doubleheaders, with the Lamar men's team playing the nightcap against the same school.
For ticket information, call (409) 880-1715, or visit www.LamarCardinals.com.